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March 9, 2019 Sihanoukville NCL Jewel South East Asia March 4, 2019 We disembarked in ...
Sail Date: March 2019
March 9, 2019 Sihanoukville NCL Jewel South East Asia March 4, 2019 We disembarked in Sihanoukville, Cambodia with a very open mind, knowing full well that we will not have the same comfort and luxury that we are used to, that we ... Read More
March 9, 2019 Sihanoukville NCL Jewel South East Asia March 4, 2019 We disembarked in Sihanoukville, Cambodia with a very open mind, knowing full well that we will not have the same comfort and luxury that we are used to, that we often take for granted. There was a money exchange kiosk setup just for cruise passengers. One could only hate this place or fall for it, no in-between. Those who do not like this port will even be more so, with the exorbitant visa fees that NCL charges. This is a country where cruise tourism is a relatively new phenomenon, and it shows in its rustic port, transportation facilities and the environment. The economy is therefore very dependent on tourism as new infrastructure are popping up at a rapid pace. We had booked a private tour by Tuk Tuk for 5-6 hours with www.sihanoukvilleguideservice.com, with the full amount payable to the guide at the end of the tour. Aya, our guide is also the owner, speaks perfect English, and picked us up at 8.30am, just outside gate 01 about 800m from the ship. NCL provides a shuttle from Port to the city for $15 pp. What NCL did not advertise was a free shuttle from Port to Gate 01. As we had a 6-yr old with us, Aya substituted our Tuk Tuk with a vehicle, fully air-conditioned. There was Aya, the driver and the three of us. We later realised that most roads that we drove on were not asphalted such that there was considerable amount of dust that we would have otherwise been subjected to. We visited the Phsar Leu Market, Phsar Leu Pagoda, Kbal Chhay Waterfall, the Starfish Bakery & Cafe for a cold beer, the beautiful Otres beach and went back to Phsar Leu Market, at our request, to have a bite and to complete our shopping. Aya was a wealth of information and one can only see Cambodia, through the eyes of a local. A percentage of her earnings go towards the children's foundation. Our hearts melted at the will power of the people trying hard to revolver from the state of their country in order to rebuild their future. This will be a long journey and we cannot turn our back on them. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line